The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C can’t wait to throw open the doors of their very first Pop Up Shop right in the heart of Dumfries town centre on the 3rd August at 9am.
Kirsten Scott from The Guild told DGWGO “We are thrilled to have secured the use of the former Body Shop premises in The Loreburne Centre and are extremely thankful for their support. The shop has had a new lick of paint and we’ve transformed the space to showcase over 25 talented makers, creatives and producers from across the region and beyond.
It will be a one stop shop for all things beautiful, unusual and handmade. A place where customers can purchase covetable products they might not find elsewhere in the town and they’ll also be happy in the knowledge that they are buying directly from the makers and producers taking part.
The Guild Pop Up is no ordinary shop though, as a social enterprise, any profits they make from this pilot project will be reinvested back into the business and go towards their social aims. Buying social is about using your money, as an individual, to create a positive impact. When you buy from a social enterprise you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back. It really is consumerism with a conscious.
We are working collaboratively with over 40 different businesses, individuals, social enterprises, charities and other organisations to bring an experiential shop for 14 days. We’ve organised a jammed packed programme of events, tours, talks and workshops every day we are open. This is a crucial part of this pilot project; customers can immerse themselves in the whole experience. No boring retail here! We hope to give people a reason to visit, meet the maker, take part, get creative, be inspired and obviously be encouraged to shop at our collective of makers, creatives and producers.
Why not visit the shop and pose for a live pop up portrait and see your hand drawn and painted portrait take shape in front of your eyes. Put on your dancing shoes for some sassy Salsa. Join a family daytime tour hosted by Mostly Ghostly or pop along to a workshop hosted by RSPB, they will be helping children learn about wildlife and make use of plastic bottles for our feathered friends. There really is something for everyone, so we hope you pop by and support us. Visit our website or follow us on social media to find out more about our programme of events or to pre book your place on some of our workshops.
We hope the pop up shop project will help us share our ideas and let you know more about our social enterprise. We really are excited to show people what we envisage if we are to open a permanent community space in town. This is a great way for us to talk to our community, discuss our ideas, find out opinions and help us to hear if you thinks it’s needed and you support us.”